An employer’s guide to Christmas employment issues

With Christmas only 4 weeks away, the employment issues surrounding this holiday often create a HR headache for employers. This blog is intended to arm employers with the correct knowledge and guidance to help make the festive season as stress free as possible. 1. Overtime If an employee has normal working hours, overtime usually means

The law on payslips is set to change by April 2019: Start preparing now!

Providing your employees with payslips is generally a routine process that does not require a lot of thought behind it. Under UK law, a payslip should be issued to all employees each time they are paid. Employers do not need to issue payslips to non-employees, this includes contractors, freelancers and workers. There are further exceptions

2019 Budget: National Living Wage set to increase by almost 5%

The National Living Wage, which is the statutory minimum wage for those aged 25 and over, has to rise to £8.21ph from April 2019 – which means an additional £690 annually for low paid workers. The Low Pay Commission (LPC), which recommended the increase, have anticipated that the increase will see almost 2.4 million workers

HR Health Check

How healthy is your business? To find out, answer these simple questions below. 1. Do all your employees have a written contract of employment? Y/N 2. Are these contracts of employment issued within the first 8 weeks of their employment commencing? Y/N 3. Do you have job descriptions for all roles within the organisation? Y/N

Handing notice in to a job is not always a letter of resignation

A letter that sets out one months’ notice should not be automatically assumed as a letter of resignation, an EAT Judge has confirmed. In the case of East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust v Levy, Judge Jennifer Eady dismissed the appeal and confirmed the tribunals earlier decision that the employee had in fact been

Employment Tribunal Guidance for Employers

The Employment Tribunals (ET) are an independent judicial body established to resolve disputes over employment rights between employers and employees. Claims likely to be heard in the ET will involve matters on unfair dismissal, discrimination, wages and redundancy payments. In July 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously held that ET fees were unlawful and must be